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French JHA vMinister Nunez to EF: European Cooperation v. Terror shields Strasbourg Christmas Market

Written by ACM
Friday, 23 November 2018
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*Strasbourg/Police Headquarters/Angelo Marcopolo/- The New French JHA Deputy Minister, experienced former Head of the Intelligence service (DGSI), Laurent Nunez, replying to an "Eurofora"'s Question, ensured that European and even International Cooperation is a constant and developing Key for the Protection of emblematic Popular Events, as that of Strasbourg's "Christmas Market", from remaining eventual Terrorist threats, as he said while reviewing on the spot the Security Mechanism of the City which Hosts the PanEuropean CoE, EU Parliament's full Plenary Sessions, ECHR, EU-Ombudsman, EUROCORPS, Shengen's Secretariat, etc., near Germany.

 

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Strasbourg has Recently become also Capital of the New, Big Region of "Great East", which Links the Borders of 5 EU Countries at the Core of Europe : France, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Belgium, (i.e. practicaly Linking UN European HQ at Geneva with Strasbourg and Luxembourg EU[+CoE] Quarters, up to Brussels' EU Council and Commission, as well as NATO's HQ+, etc).


The move Timely comes just a few Days after the Inauguration of the New Headquarters, here, of the European Agency for Information Systems "EU-Lisa", (which includes, inter alia, also Shengen's, Movement, Visa +Asylum systems' Secretariat, etc), whose Experienced CEO, Krum GARKOV, has already been Interviewed by "Eurofora" 3 Times, (inside CoE, the French Prefecture, and EU Parliament : See, f.ex., http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/shengendirectoronsmartborders.html , http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/euitheadgarkovonantiterrorismnewtools.html, etc).


New French JHA vice-Minister's brief but topical INTW with "Eurofora" Today, follows a Long Series of similar Press Exhanges that we already had in the Past with Many among his Predecessors at the Leadership of the Ministry of Interior, including, among others, also : Gerard Collomb (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchministercollombandschaubleonprotestantecumenism.html, etc), Bertrand Cazeneuve (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchinteriorministeronfrancogermancooperationagainstterrorism.htmlhttp://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchjhaministeroneubordersandfightvterrorism.html, etc), Manuel Valls (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/parisattackonciviliansanditaly.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministeroninnovationprojects.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/frenchprimeministervallsonhightechfunding.html, etc), Claude Gueant (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/gueantoneuidentityfuture.html, etc), Brice Hortefeux (f.ex.:  http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/regionalelections.html, http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/sarkozyxristofias.html, etc), Michele Alliot-Marie (f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mamjustice.html, etc).


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  - "Eurofora" asked Laurent Nunez, at his Press-point in Strasbourg, whether, "concerning the (Islamist) Terrorist Risks" there are "useful Cooperationq with (his) collegues in (nearby) Germany and other European Countries".


- "Of course !", immediately responded the New French JHA v.Minister to the above mentioned "Eurofora"s Question, spontaneously.


- Indeed, "we are Working", specially, " in order to Prevent the Threat of Terrorism", he specified, (clearly Upgrading that issue from "Risk" up to "Threat", according to the precise Wording that chose carefully the experienced Author of the recent Book : "We need new Words", published in 2018).


- In fact, "there is a Very Close Cooperation, at the level of All Services", in this regard, he firmly confirmed.


 - But this is going on "particularly, you know, as far as it concerns the Intelligence" services, specified Nunez, (who has, notoriously, a Wide personal Experience, covering Both Intelligence, as former Head of the French Intelligence "DST", and Police, etc., aiming to valorize their Synergy).


- "Therefore, I will develop further this (International) cooperation", he anounced.


- It will be done "Together with (JHA Minister) Mr. (Philip) Castaner", (former Government's Press Spokesman), pointed out Nunez (who is generaly considerd as more "Operational" in Police/Intelligence's Practice, compared to Castaner's more "Political" profile).


- And this concerns, in principle, not only some EU Member States, but, More Widely, "All the Countries of the World", he stressed, ambitiously.  


- Naturally, "Including in the Relations that we (France) have with our German Friends", Laurent Nunez added in fine, speaking in Strasbourg, i.e. Near the Franco-German Borders at the Rhine river, and, therefore, making a Special Mention to the relevant Cooperation with Germany.         


In this regard, among various other Facts, nobody can forget, f.ex., that the Mass Murderer who cowardly Targetted, Attacked and Murdered many innocent Civilian People at Berlin's 2016 Christmas Market, had, Afterwards, crossed, throughout France, into neighbouring Italy, where he was reportedly Shot Dead by the Police, (which had been, previously, Warned).          


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+ Furthermore, the New French JHA v.Minister also underlined the current existence of "a Context in which the (Islamist) Terrorist Threat remains very High", stimulating, therefore, the French State's will to "ensure that this Christmas Market will take place in the Best Conditions of Security", as he promised.

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- That's why "I was here (in Strasbourg) in order to see how the Security Mechanism is being set up", during this Christmas Market, "which durates until the End of December" 2018, he explained, shortly after Completing a Series of Fast-Track but Comprehensive Briefings and Exchanges with the Leadership of the Police, other Security services and local Political Leaders, here.                            

 

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- Indeed, during an Initial and "dense" working Visit at Strasbourg's Police HeadQuarters, including its impressive "Command Center" with "Video-Surveillance", etc, already used for NATO's 2009 Summit, (Comp. "Eurofora"s relevant NewsReports then, f.ex.: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/mamnato.html, etc), followed by a Brief but Active Walk through the Christmas Market Stands downtown, 

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Laurent Nunez reviewed "an Important Mechanism, which involves Many Agents of National Police, as well as of the Municipal Police, and even Soldiers, but also Private Security services, etc, in a Security Co-Production", as he described it, during his Press-point with Strasbourg's Journalists, including "Eurofora".

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More than + 500 Security Agents (including Policemen and Soldiers, etc) are due to protect Strasbourg's Traditional, 450th Christmas Market of 2018, with about 300 Stands in a specially Fortified Downtown, which expects to Welcome Visitors from all over the World during more than a Month, generating almost 250 Millions all € in all, after over-Tripling Security Expenditure from 300.000 up to 1 Million €, (a few Years after the 2015 Attacks on Paris and Brussels, followed by those at Berlin, London, Nice, Barcelona, etc. on 2016/2017).

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+ "Eurofora" witnessed, afterwards, on the spot, that this 2018 Strasbourg's Christmas Market, includes, for the 1st Time, also a Large "Finnish Village" of various Stands set up by the Government of Finland, on the occasion of its Presidency of the CoE, (November 2018 - May 2019), that has just Started with a PanEuropean Summit of its Committee of Ministers, the Day Before Yesterday (on November 21, 2018), during which, the Foreign Minister of that Country, Timo Soini, (Comp. also his Statements to "Eurofora", at : http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/finlandcoechairsoinionechrdecisionsexecution.html ), proudly reminded that, according to the Legend, ..."Santa Claus lives in Finland !"

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More Practical, Strasbourg City's vice-Mayor for European/International Relations, Nawel Rafik-Elmrini, pointed, during a Flag-raising Ceremony at the City's Republic Square, that same Day, that the "Finnish Village" includes a Tasty Flamed-Salmon, which, as we personaly saw Today, (November 23, 2018), at the Inauguration of this Year's Christmas Market, appeared to be particularly appreciated by Many Visitors.

 

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As well as Helsinki's Good Idea to exceptionaly add also a Wooden Finnish mini-House, a lot of Spacy, illuminated Tables, and even a Huge, rustic Village Tent, with Wooden Seats, Furs and a Camp Fire to keep People Warm during these Cold Winter evenings, which soon became very Popular, filled by a lot of visiting Families with Kids, in a Sympathetic Human Ambiance, at Gutemberg Square, with view to Strasbourg's Historic Cathedral...

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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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